The Haves and the Have-nots

I was raised in a family where talking about money was not taboo. My father did a good job of raising two girls on a variety of incomes—money, was tight, and because of this, I was always aware of what we did and didn’t have.

Figuring Out Laundry

Sadie Stein looks back at how laundry figured into her childhood, and how her family, especially her mother, lived with and around it

The Story of My Secondhand Stuff

So here's the story of my old stuff. It behooves me to say that I'm blessed with an extremely generous family, who's helped me get on my feet in a variety of ways. Stuff is just stuff, sure, but everything comes with a story.

Making the Best of What I’ve Got

In 2012, I learned a lot more about value than I did about money—the value of my family, the value of friendship, and the value of making the best of what you've got.

With a Little Help From Our Family?

Undercover Economist Tim Hartford looked at a little-noticed survey by the US Census looking at household experiencing hardships in 2011 (like having your phone disconnected, missing utility payments and rent and mortgage payments, and not seeing a doctor or dentist when needed), and who helped when times were tough. He found that more than half of households expected help from family members, but not too many received it.

Economic Theory Explains Why First-Born Kids Are Way Less Cool

Things I should save for therapy aside, PBS NewsHour explains a new economic study confirming what we've long suspected, and complained about: oldest kids do get it the worst. And guess what? We get to blame our parents. (Do I finally have someone to blame for my being a virgin until I was 23?)

The Sandwich Generation

The "sandwich generation" is not a generation that likes sandwiches (that's pretty much every generation), but a generation of older working adults who are supporting both their adult children and their parents.

Guess Who’s Coming to Thanksgiving Dinner (It’s Charlie)

"God damn it, Charlie, go upstairs and take a shower!" were my Dad's first words to his half-brother when he arrived at our home on Thanksgiving Day, 2004.

My Family Has Forgotten the Lean Years, But I Haven’t

I see my father about once a year. The last time I saw him, at a family dinner, we talked about Millennials, and how he had spent his twenties.

Fancy Meals, Thanks to Mom and Dad

At Tablet, Jon Reiss discusses all the fancy restaurants he's eaten at thanks to his parents paying for dinner, and his desire to pay his own way as he hit his late twenties and started to find more success.

Rich Parent, Less Rich Parent: Squaring Up After Divorce

When your parents are divorced, you want to make everything as smooth as possible.

Playing Favorites

There is a very interesting bit of research in the Times about which children mothers prefer to care for them in their old age.